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In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar, little does he know that his life will change forever…..
When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom that she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it…..
They say Homing Pigeons al
Paperback, 328 pages
Published April 10th 2013 by Srishti Publishers and Distributors
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Readers Cosmos
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
To begin with the coverpage is pleasant and eye cathing. The story is new, fresh, never heard of or imagine. The characters and situations are well portrayed and realistic.

A intricate balance of emotions even as the story goes through very high and low points. Two things the author should be applauded for are : One he focuses solely on the story not giving an over does of love making scenes or tragedy as most Indian writers do to sell and that in my opinion makes it an exception and gives it qu
Jaideep Khanduja
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

Book Review: The Homing Pigeons: A Strong Backbone Differentiates A Human Being From Jellyfish

The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri has been written in a dual, parallel narrative manner with the two leads Aditya and Radhika, narrating about their individual life in this 318 pages interestingly written fiction love story. Sid has a tremendously strong and engaging writing style. The reader gets totally engrossed and hooked into the individual life of the two lead
"The brain hates ambiguity. I think if the brain was a man, he would be an accountant. He'd want the assets and liabilities to be equal."~ page 40

This is one of those stories where you don't know from where to start or how to write the review because you are afraid about telling too much and spoiling the surprise element for the readers. When I opened it and read few pages, I was appalled, Oh I can not describe that feeling, it was confusing as hell, I couldn't decide whether to just go with wit
Sarika Patkotwar
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating- 4.5

*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of The Homing Pigeons... by Sid Bahri in exchange for an honest review. We thank Nimi @ The Readers Cosmos and Srishti Publishers & Distributors for the book!

Before I begin my review, let me just point out a few things that attracted me to The Homing Pigeons... when Nimi @ The Readers Cosmos emailed us about reviewing it.
First off, the title. Pigeons are beautiful and home is beautiful so it is such a beautiful title for the book.
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
From the outset, The Homing Pigeons is an engaging read. As the tagline says - "Not all love stories are perfect but then, neither are people” - this is the story of two imperfect people coming together and making an equally imperfect love story. Having said that, let me assure you that this read is not the mushy romance that is generally associated with love stories.

The story starts with Aditya who falls victim to recession & hence loses his job. Almost a year of unemployment, desperate &a
Shail Raghuvanshi
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
The theme of this novel is ‘not all love stories are perfect but then, neither are people.’ I can’t but agree. In fact, there were two reasons why I chose to read this book. One, the above mentioned theme of the story and two, Dr. Shashi Tharoor’s comment about this novel, “ …a remarkable novel by a first-time novelist of immense promise….often exquisitely rendered….exceptional achievement that deserves all the plaudits it is sure to garner.”

The first thought was something like – Wow! If Shashi
Vinay Leo R.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had already put this book on pre-order when one of my friends asked if I was interested in reviewing this book for the author. I had no hesitation to accept her offer and I got an advance copy signed by the author himself.

The thing which caught my eye was the cover page and the very different title. To say the story was just as different would be absolutely the truth. It wasn't just a love story, but a story that brought out many aspects like lust and desperation as well. Done in alternating
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
This is the story of Radhika and Aditya. Set in the period when recession hit the market, Aditya’s situation at the beginning was that of many youngster of that period. He was just another jobless person struggling with his life. Radhika on the other hand is a young and rich widow who has just taken care of the last of her responsibilities by marrying off her step daughter and looking forward to the freedom that life would now bring her. As both Aditya and Radhika chooses to move to Delhi, littl ...more
Shilpa Garg
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
When you read the debut novels of first-time authors, you are filled with anticipation and curiosity. The story in the novel is the labour of love of the author and must have stayed in his thoughts and mind for long enough to push him to convert it into words. Though, that is not true always as I have come across many debut novels which made the grey cells grimace with pain for they had to suffer incorrect English or poor/average story line. Of course, you never know about the pain or the gain u ...more
Aug 16, 2013 added it
This is a story of Aditya and Radhika. The way the story goes, one chapter narrated from the perspective of Aditya and another from Radhika’s, you know that these two people are going to end up together. The title of the book leaves no doubt as to the outcome.

Aditya is out of a job, as the book starts. He is well on his way to being an alcoholic. He passes out in the bar of a fancy hotel. Divya, a traveling professional woman, rescues him. She has a proposal for him, an indecent one.

In the meant
Privy Trifles
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes in life you wonder if all that you needed was love for all your actions seem to defy that. Till now you were doing things to get "love" and then all of a sudden you feel "that" was not what you were looking for.

A heart touching tale - very relevant in today's time when I see couples having instant make ups and break ups this shows the state of relationships in today's times

Aditya and Radhika - The author has managed to immortalise these two characters forever with his this book as they
Raka Majumdar
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The title of the book is what drew my attention when I first heard of the book. To be honest I had almost begun the book on the premise that Indian writers are of no good, they have nothing new to offer and more often than not deliver a predictable story line. I stand corrected. The Homing Pigeons by Sid Bahri has been a gripping and entertaining read from the word go and it is probably one of those rare books belonging to the genre of popular fiction that I enjoyed thoroughly.

This has been an e
Abhilash Ruhela
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

It's the third Srishti Publication's book in the series. :-) This time I am done reading Sid Bahri's debut novel- "The Homing Pigeons" which also has the tagline "Not all love stories are perfect, but then, neither are people". It's 318 pages thick. The book is covered in a very beautiful cover page. The pigeons flying in the sky and the font in which the title of the book is written is in itself so compelling that one would pick up the book. Sid Bahri is a hotelier by education, an ex-banker a
Nitin Vadher
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
The first few pages of this book is totally hilarious. This book has a unique plot. From the beginning both the characters building have been handled with utmost care. Sid Bahri has given an insight of our today’s metro life. How divorced, single’s and also unmarried 20’s satisfy their sexual urge. The title of the book Homing Pigeons is very catchy because even though Radhika and Aditya wants’ to seprate themselves from each other their fate doesn’t make possible. Alternate chapters narrated by ...more
Anjana Avinash
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Homing Pigeons is Sid Bahri's debut novel. Shashi Tharoor's quote is on the front cover which says,"....a remarkable novel by a first-time novelist of immense promise..." . I being a true Indian felt immediately sceptical. When I'm told that something is excellent, I start having my doubts. Anyway I plunged in and I confess that I lost track of time completely. I loved Sid's style of writing. It's very unlike the usual Indian author's. There are less descriptions and explanations about the p ...more
Kalpana Solsi
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Indian English writing industry is witnessing a golden era with bloggers trying their hand at full length novels, professionals from all walks of life, quitting their high profile, high paying jobs to plunge into the whirlpool of writing. People with a passion for writing are walking on the road less travelled, often switching careers which have no connection to writing. And the Indian writers are not left behind, often encouraging the authors to take their passion to the next higher level. ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Sid Bahri makes his debut with The Homing Pigeons. What caught my eye was the tagline beneath the title. "Not all love stories are perfect but then, neither are people."

It turned out to be an intriguing read, especially when one of the two protagonists of this "imperfect" love story is a gigolo. And the love interest is a twice-married, recently divorced woman. Aditya is a corporate executive who has been "restructured", thanks to the economic recession and is forced to take up a "job" as a gig
Sundeep Supertramp
First of all, I like to thank Nimi Vashi (of for electing me as an eligible reviewer to review such a great book. Yeah, I also want to apologize to her that I couldn't review this book as early as I had promised. It was the time, I have external examinations going and that was why I couldn't read this book on time. Anyways, better late than ever, here is the true and unbiased review you have asked for.

In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Ad
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Aditya , a sikh guy whose name was converted in his early years is an ambitious , proud and kind person who is forced to make some choices against his values and morals.
Radhika , a girl from small town who married for all wrong reasons and circumstances , widowed at the age of thirty tow is unsure how to spend the life ahead even if she is finally free to do anything.

These are the pigeons who meet , depart , meet again , love , hurt , still love and still miss each other , no matter when and whe
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
The Homing Pigeons is an engaging debut by Sid Bahri and deserves more than a mere applause. The ‘Goods’ in the book begin with the fabulously designed cover and seep into its pages in the lucid and crisp language used to tell an engaging, contemporary story.

The narrative is in first person and the two principal characters, Aditya and Radhika alternatively ferry the reader through its alleys. The characters are well defined, their emotions well brought out and the reader can almost visualize th
Binu Thomas
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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"The Homing Pigeons" is a love story of two people meeting, leaving, meeting, leaving and eventually meeting again! Much like the 'homing pigeons' who are known to return to their own place irrespective of the location they are currently in. Metaphorically, the two protagonist in this book, Aditya and Radhika, go through the same motions till they meet (again and again). Although the title is apt for such a story, the cover page somehow isn't. But, as they say, never judge a
Yatin Gupta
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Homing Pigeons is one of the most entertaining and gripping reads that I have read recently by a debut author. The narrative, the plot and the story all of them worked for me. Also, do explore the music of this book too, its soothing and very fresh.

This 300+ page book is a gripping tale of two people and how their lives intersect time and again.

The writing is simple and totally relatable.

Sid Bahri is an author to watchout for. I am already waiting for his next release.

Read the entire revi
Saurabh Khetan
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Friends let me put my word first, i can't refrain myself from praising this novel, i must say author is too good in depicting his thoughts in words, both the protagonist life and their love for each other their journey in life, their up and downs their love, their sacrifices for their family, their longing or yearning for each other, their respect for each other is remarkable,

I must say this is must read novel who ever belief in destiny and who ever love in life.
Kalyan Panja
The fable is bright, immaculate which is effortless to read and is gripping and the writing simple and pertinent. The language is graceful and the course is sustained at an exceptional lick that craft you surely not set down the book with a tetchy convert which must force you to turn folios that will fix you precise from sheet one till the conclusion.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
You won't feel as if it is written by a debutante .. It goes so much in flow, in rhythm with two characters and two stories complimenting each other in a way that a beautiful symbiotic relation comes to existence and then has a beautiful end where both the stories that collide midway end with togetherness of characters. A must read !!
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A good book. Quite readable though the end is abrupt .
Faraaz Kazi
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Simple and touching. Doesn't attempt to be something it is not! Highly recommended!
Pozzo Lahiri
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Good book. Fresh idea, crisp narration. Could've used better editing, I think.
Fahima M (Hitch Theory)
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I recently joined a course on Cousera called The Fiction of Relationships, where part of the course was to study classic works of fiction that gave great insight into relationships. But you know something? I felt I learnt so much more about the 'fiction of relationships' from this one book - The Homing Pigeons' than I did from the whole first book that we studied.

This book. Is. Something Else.

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Subramanyam K.V.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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“Not all love stories are perfect, but then, neither are people” an interesting quote on the cover page of the book, isn’t it ? I was curious on what this imperfect love story is going to be and having read all the 300+ pages believe and endorse that Sid Bahri has done a tremendous job in creating and narrating a love story with a difference.

Sid Bahri has taken a bold and a completely unconventional approach to build a story
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